Tim Grimm and the Family Band


January 8, 2017

At the home of Joe and Bev Angel

Doors open: 2:30 PM, Concert begins: 3:00PM

Photo by Steve Wood

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Tim Grimm played one of our first house concerts in 2011 and we are excited to have him back.  This time, he will be joined by his wife, Jan, and his two sons, Jackson and Connor.  Tim is a singer, songwriter, and actor in film and television.  His songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.  Michigan Folk Live has dubbed Tim, “The Poet Laureate of the rural Midwest” and awards he has garnered include being named 2000’s Best Discovery in Roots/Americana Music by The Chicago Sun-Times and 2004 Male Artist of The Year by the Freeform American Roots (FAR chart) DJs.  He has released 9 solo albums since 2000.  Tim’s 2005 release, Back Fields, was named Americana Album of the Year by Just Plain Folks Music Awards (the world's largest independent music awards group.)  In 2007, in collaboration with songwriters Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White, Tim released a concept CD, Wilderness Plots, based on the short stories of noted author, Scott Russell Sanders.  Two PBS programs have explored Wilderness Plots-- the first, a documentary about the story and songs, and the second, a full 90-minute nationally-televised concert, Wilderness Plots - In Concert, featuring Tim and his fellow songwriters. Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, IN, both productions were nominated for Emmy Awards.  Tim performs at numerous music festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, and tours throughout North America and Europe.


“Tim Grimm always has been a first-rate journeyman songwriter and performer.” --Rich Warren, The Midnight Special

“Tim’s songwriting reminds me of Guy Clark. The songwriting is simple, straightforward yet full of poetry.  Tim Grimm reminds us of the authenticity of rural life and it’s heartfelt emotions, a life lived close to nature, in consonance with the cycle of the seasons." --Richard Silverstein, Seattle

“...one of the most sincere and genuine roots songwriters in America…..” --Remo Ricaldone, American Roots Radio, ITALY

“ ...an artist that walks the world with a keen eye for detail and the ability to capture the human moment with candor and beauty…continuing the tradition of the mighty fine story told from mouth to mouth, ear to ear, heart to heart.” --Carrie Newcomer, singer/songwriter

"As a songwriter and performer, Grimm has learned his Guthrie lessons well. His songs are uniquely his own, yet they seem instantly familiar.” --Mike Regenstreif, SING OUT ! 

“...an engaging, perceptive songwriter—highly literate, subtly nuanced and inventive while retaining a traditionalist’s love for classic country folk and bluegrass… Grimm travels the highways and byways of rural America, searching every dark corner and crevice of the beaten path to find some sort of beauty and purity.” --David Coonce, The Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN 

“Grimm is another link in the chain of literate singer songwriters that sees a side to the story that we always miss. The songs are little novels that unfold slowly and then knock you off your feet when you’re not looking… A real find.” --Village Records 

“… a wealth of folk roots and engaging songs that play in the mind like vivid short stories or films…” --Jim Manion, No Depression